John Calipari said he’s worried his players are checking the draft boards too much, so if you’re a member of the UK Basketball team, please stop reading this post right now. I mean it, switch back to Spotify or Instagram, and for the love of Pete, post something more interesting than a video of yourself singing along to a song.
Okay, for the rest of us, Chad Ford released his latest Big Board of 2017 NBA Draft prospects and Malik Monk, De’Aaron Fox, and Bam Adebayo are on the move:
6. Malik Monk (Previous Rank: 4)
10. De’Aaron Fox (Previous Rank: 9)
27. Bam Adebayo (Previous Rank: 18)
Keep in mind, this isn’t a mock draft, which takes into account teams’ needs; rather, the Big Board is a pure ranking of potential based on input from scouts. Here’s a little bit of what Ford had to say about all three of Kentucky’s first-round prospects.
“Monk is the best pure scorer on the board,” Ford writes. “His deep range and explosive athleticism are a rare combination. But he can be streaky and doesn’t always bring enough other strengths to the table to move ahead of the players in front of him. If he were a couple of inches taller, or a pure point guard, he’d have a strong claim on the No. 1 pick.”
Ford says De’Aaron Fox is the quickest point guard in the draft, but concerns about his jump shot keep him behind Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball, and Dennis Smith for now. Meanwhile, Bam slipped nine spots to #27.
“He’s strong, bouncy and a fierce dunker. However, his inconsistency and so-so rebounding give scouts pause. One NBA exec compared him to Florida’s Patric Young; he looks the part, but doesn’t always play the part.”
Less Pebbles, more Bam Bam.